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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:17 pm

An Odessa man said he was forced to land his homemade ultra-light airplane Wednesday evening in a field off 87th Street after he miscalculated the amount of fuel he was consuming as he flew above the city.

Pilot Cal Pietsek was not hurt in the emergency landing and no damage was apparent on his aircraft.

The landing, which happened at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, prompted worry there had been a plane crash after a mechanic at Odessa-Schlemeyer Field saw the plane go down and called police, according to a corporal with the Odessa Police Department at the scene.

“Thank you all for coming out,” Pietsek said to a few of the officers.

In a brief interview, Pietsek explained that he calculated his fuel usage at about 1.5 gallons per hour “but I sucked down about three.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety will handle the investigation.

The landing spot, near Holiday Drive, was close to the scene of another emergency landing that happened on Oct. 26, 2012. In that instance, a 1959-model Piper fixed wing single-engine airplane ran out a fuel on its way to Odessa-Schlemeyer from Arizona, landing on 87th Street near Duke Avenue. No one was injured.

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